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Neolithic Era
Basin Painted with Human Head and Fish Design

This basin was designed to hold water. It is painted with a human face and multiple fish. It is a common design within the Yang Neolithic Culture. Another such bowl can be seen in the Banpo Village collection HERE. This bowl was found at a dig in Jiangzhai, Lintong. It is dated as made between 7000 and 5000 years ago. Xia Nai (1956) suggested that the two fish to the left and right of the head could indicate ear jewelry. Of course, the fish wouldn't stick out that way: they would be parallel with the sides of the head. It would be very hard for an artist to portray the diminishing perspective and make it look like anything. Neolithic cultures along the Yellow and Wei Rivers depended upon fish for much of their protein.

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